In the last two days we had our first garden tour and also had our first meeting vis-à-vis with a friend from Blogland. But first a quick garden update…
The potatoes sown in the tunnel at the end of last December are just in flower and will be ready for unearthing in a couple weeks. I wanted to pick some for tonight’s dinner, in honor of a special guest, but Johnny says we’d need to dig up six plants to feed the lot of us. He’d rather let the spuds get a bit larger, waiting for the plants to begin dying back, before picking any. Completely understandable.
This is a picture of our outdoor potato field. Johnny is there amongst the ridges, just completing the last bit of work. Aside it is where some of the brassicas will go this year–broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, etc. Along the wall, behind the spuds, is where we planted the willow gifted to us by Roz and Phil. The field between the spuds and the poly tunnel is the corn field/pumpkin patch. Peas and runner beans will grow up polls and a teepee or two in the same field.
Above is the willow pictured several weeks back. Most have started to sprout and are looking really well. We are looking forward to a nice show from them this summer.
Johnny fixed the spade handle that broke when lifting the birch tree from the tunnel for transplanting. Ironically, he used a birch stake.
Everything is seeded, with the exception of repetitive sowings of onions, beetroot, carrots, lettuce, basil, and coriander. Below are a few pics of seedlings coming along nicely in the warmth of the tunnel.
All varieties of tomatoes and tomatillos.
Corn and a variety of runner, wax, soya, and string beans.
With thanks to one of Johnny’s American cousins, we got 6 seeds for hugemungous pumpkin plants.
Sugar snap peas, mangetout, and sweet peas. Behind are sunflower shoots.
Just realized no pictures of pepper or brassica seedlings. Ah well, enough already…
We had our first garden tour yesterday. A group of eighteen students (four of them our own children 🙂 ) with three teachers. Every year we give each student at our children’s school a pumpkin for Halloween. This year they are going to seed, plant, and harvest their own.
So seeding of Jack O’ Lanterns was done yesterday and they will return in June to plant them in the earth. In the autumn they will return once again to harvest their own pumpkin. Johnny demonstrated sowing potatoes and showed them a pesky wire worm found in the soil. We’re hopeful this discovery won’t effect the potato crop; there was more than one wire worm found.
Born and raised in Australia, living in Ireland for the last year, Bob Singer and I met in a local island pub last evening where we got a chance to talk face to face for the first time. Yes, a blogger friend came out to the Aran Islands to see the sights, play some traditional music, and meet me and my family. I have invited a few, he is the first to accept the invitation, but hopefully not the last.
We became acquainted on the first of this year when I reblogged one of his posts about Wild Connemara, an incredible pictorial about the area which I live in–no not the island itself, but what I gaze at out my kitchen window across the bay. Tonight he joined us for dinner and then back to a weekly music session just up the road from our house. It was such a beautiful evening that the session was held in the front garden rather than inside the school. I’m really looking forward to his post about Inis Mor and seeing more of his stunning scenic photography.
I am an Australian now living in Ireland. I have been here since May 2014 and have based myself in Clare in the country’s west as I set out on a musical journey. I am passionate about traditional music and in particular the fiddle. I am here to learn, listen and absorb. To immerse myself in the music scene and at the same time to better understand Irish culture. I don’t know how long this journey will take or even whether I will ever go home, only time will tell.”
He shared much of his interesting life story with me, all leading up to doing exactly what his heart desires, not knowing or worrying about where he’ll be in a months time, but trusting that all is well. He’s a very content man. We’d all be blessed to be so clear about what it is that we want and then to commit to whatever it takes to go after and achieve it.
*I just added a cool and groovy ‘flag counter’ to track visitors here by country; on left, at bottom of widgets. How fun is that?! Kind of disappointed to not be able to add the 2,546 previous visitors we’ve had to the list. But really appreciate each and every one of you!!*